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When Wolf Head was seventeen, he, like all
other Blackfoot boys,, decided one day to run
away from his people and seek new adventure In
the wilderness of the north-western prairies. The
tribe was at that time camping on the Red
Deer River In the North-West Territories—now
Alberta. He took three young companions with
him, all of whom, like himself, aspired to become
great warriors on their own merit. They set
out in the middle of an August night5 on foot and
with nothing but their buffalo robes and their

The next day was very hot. Shortly before
noon, when the heat was most intense3 a terrific
thunderstorm burst upon them from the west
without a moment's warning. The storm was
accompanied by a driving wind of hurricane
velocity and a startling display of lightning. The
four boys were travelling across an open stretch
of prairieland, but when the storm struck them
they broke and ran as fast as they could toward a
clump of bush a few hundred yards away. When
Wolf Head and one of his companions made the
bush? they threw themselves to a squatting pos-
ture, drew their blanket around their heads and
bound themselves tightly together to withstand
the pressure of the wind.

.The last thing Wolf Head remembers was an
amazing display of blue and red lightning which